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the applications. >> gerald is the senior manager of disaster assistance for the u.s. chamber of commerce whose local branches whose community effort. and robert is here as well. great to see you both. a very trying time for so many people. robert we were just talking. you took a tour of red hook an area here in new york city that was devastated. >> the sad thing is red hook has come such a long way. many entrepreneurs set up shop there. i visited a winery, wonderful man who makes key lime pies, a glass cutter, designers, just completely wiped out. 300 jobs at fairway, big supermarket there wiped out. and many of them are fighting back and, you know, looking to get back on their feet. >> i want to take this topic in two parts. first what can you do if you were hit by disaster the other one is what can you do prepare for had ina lot of our viewers aren't in this area. gerald talk to me very quickly if you're a small business own that was affected by this where can you go? >> well the first thing i would say is to call our help desk. the u.s. chamber of commerce has set up a national disaster hel
through the applications. >> senior management of disaster assistance for the u.s. chamber of commerce whose local branches are helping community businesses in this effort. and the commissioner of new york city's department of small business services. great to see you both. a very trying time for some people. robert, we were just talk towing. you took a tour of red hook an area here in new york city that was devastated. >> devastated. the sad thing is red hook has come such a long way. many entrepreneurs have set up shop there, i visit ad winery, wonderful man who makes key lime pies, glass cutter, designers, completely wiped out. 300 jobs at fairway, big supermarket there wiped out. and many of them are fighting back and looking to get back on their feet. >> i want to take this in two parts. what can you do if you're hit by a disaster and second what can you do to prepare for this. gerald talk to me very quickly. if you're a small business owner that was affected by this, where can you go? >> well the first thing that i would say is call our help desk. the u.s. chamber of commerce has
companies that are commercializing in the u.s. we often take a regional approach to begin with. as we think about expanding nationally, i almost think of it as a continued regional expansion. >> at entrepreneur, we write about franchising and cover a lot of franchises. i think that is also a route that this person could go. i don't know about real estate so much but for any business owner that has a successful business and they want to go national fl the beauty of franchising is that you pass a lot of the cost of opening new locations on to your franchisees. the draw back is you have to spend a lot of time and energy and money coming up with training programs and manuals. >> you as the business owner go into a different business. you aren't selling the product anymore, you are -- >> selling your company to perspective franchisees. >> if any of you have a question, go to the website. our address is openforum.com/yourbusiness. hit the ask the show link to submit a question. if you would rather, you could send us an e-mail. that address is yourbusiness@msnbc.com. >>> colleen and michael both h
. >>> the u.s. retail highlights report is out. and even though it mostly has the giant retailers in mind, your small business can still benefit from the findings. here now are five trends that could give you an edge, courtesy of ink.com. number five, e-commerce will grow exponentially. mobile sales are supposed to climb 49%. four, consumers will choose experience over price. expect retailers to value unique products and intuitive customer service over a good price tag. three, large retail companies will continue to acquire smaller e-commerce companies. last year, walgreens bought drugstore.com and nordstrom's bought hot look. watch for more companies look for opportunities to expand their brand through takeovers like these. two, don't expect a huge increase in retail sales. the national retail federation predicts just a 3.4% increase in retail sales for 2012 compared to 2011's 4.6%. and number one, remove every potential barrier that will keep someone from purchasing. make sure to have an easy to navigate website, adequate parking and clear signage at your store. >>> getting customers is
think we have put the u.s.-thai alliance on a firmer footing for many years to come. tonight i look forward to celebrating the bonds of friendship between our peoples and enjoying thai food, which is one of my favorites. so thank you very much. >> that was president barack obama in thailand, and now "your business." hi there, everyone. welcome to a very special edition of "your business." it comes in between black friday and cyber monday. this year small business saturday is november 24th. we're coming to you from maplewood, new jersey. a storm battered states where small businesses need customers more than ever. across the country in burbank, california -- park section of that city, local retailers have banded together to revitalize not only sales but also their neighborhood. normally the stores would be closing and the streets would be quiet. they call it ladies night out where people are coming out to celebrate and support the unique companies. i like to help. it makes me feel like i'm a part of the community. bhu the park wasn't always like this. just a couple of years ago the a
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